WFP Guinea-Bissau Country Brief, January 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • In January December WFP assisted 201,274 people through nutrition activities and the school meals programme.

  • The country office is facing a complete lack of funding for food assistance for assets interventions.

WFP Assistance

The Country Programme (CP) 200846 started in April 2016. This 5-year CP (2016-2020) is WFP’s contribution to the three outcomes of the United Nations strategic cooperation framework (UNDAF) and is aligned with some of the priorities of the Government of Guinea-Bissau strategic and operational plan for 2015-2020 (“Terra Ranka”).

Built on lessons learned from previous operations, the CP fosters Government and community ownership of an integrated multi-sector approach in social protection - such as a national school meals programme that includes a home grown programme, cash-based transfers for asset creation and for nutritional activities - and an integrated approach to stunting prevention in line with the national nutrition strategy. The CP aims to enhance Government’s capacities including in early warning and food security and nutrition assessment.

The people assisted through the programme include primary school children; undernourished children aged 6–59 months; undernourished People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and tuberculosis (TB) on treatment and their families, and vulnerable smallholder farmers. Cash-based transfers will be piloted in the last quarter of 2016 and will be expanded as the country office gains more experience and receives additional cash contributions.

CP 200846 has three objectives:

  • Reduce undernutrition among young children, 6-23 months, through stunting prevention and the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition among children 6-59 months; and provide nutritional support for undernourished people living with HIV and TB.

  • Improve access to education and help to increase Government capacities for developing and managing a sustainable home grown school meals programme.

  • Strengthen national capacities, both at Government and community levels, for scaling up food security and nutrition interventions and connect agricultural productions with sustainable markets.